Monday, May 9, 2016

Police: Chicago cop fatally shoots bank robbery suspect on Southwest Side - Chicago Tribune Monday May 9th, 2016 at 6:16 PM

Police: Chicago cop fatally shoots bank robbery suspect on Southwest Side - Chicago Tribune

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Police: Chicago cop fatally shoots bank robbery suspect on Southwest Side
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Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson describes the fatal police-involved shooting of a robbery suspect May 9, 2016. (WGN-TV / Chicago Tribune). Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson describes the fatal police-involved shooting of a ...

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White House on damage control after aide's magazine profile

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House on Monday worked to contain the damage caused by one of President Barack Obama's closest aides, who, in a seemingly candid, behind-the-curtain magazine story, ripped the Washington press corps, boasted of creating an "echo chamber" of supporters to sell the Iran nuclear deal and ...

MICHAEL HAYDEN: Americans still believe in intelligence community 

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It's been six months since I've appeared in these pages. That gap hasn't been about a boycott or a contract dispute. Actually, The Washington Times has been rather generous, giving me that time to finish a book, get it cleared through the intelligence community review process and then endure an ...

U.S. to bring new charges in ex-U.N. General Assembly president's case

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have decided to move forward with bringing new charges against a former United Nations General Assembly president accused of taking $1.3 million in bribes, a prosecutor said on Monday.
  

Puerto Rico Senate hands off probe of power authority to FBI

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A special commission looking into fuel purchases by the financially troubled electric utility in Puerto Rico has turned over its findings to U.S. federal authorities for further investigation, the majority leader of the island’s Senate said Monday.

Would Marco Rubio consider being Donald Trump's running mate? - CBS News

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Would Marco Rubio consider being Donald Trump's running mate?
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Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday took his name out of the running to be Donald Trump's vice presidential pick, saying that he instead wants to focus on Florida in his remaining months in the Capitol. "He will be best served by a running mate and by ...
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Erdogan seeking injunction against German media executive: media reports

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is seeking a preliminary injunction against German publisher Axel Springer's chief executive Mathias Doepfner, German media cited Erdogan's lawyer as saying on Monday.
  

Don't Let Cybercriminals Hide from the FBI - Government Technology

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Don't Let Cybercriminals Hide from the FBI
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At the request of the FBI, the U.S. Supreme Court has proposed changing the rule to allow any magistrate judge in the country to approve an electronic search warrant under one of two conditions: either the targets are using technological tricks to ...

U.S. airstrike takes out ISIS 'emir' in Iraq 

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The Islamic State's so-called 'emir' of Iraq's volatile Anbar province was killed, along with a number of the group's top provincial commanders, in a U.S. airstrike the Pentagon confirmed on Monday.
Shaker Wahib al-Fahdawi al-Dulaimi, also known as as Abu Waheeb, was traveling in the Iraqi city of Rutba in ...

Report: US Officials Believe Pakistan Poisoned Bin Laden Raid CIA Chief - Breitbart News

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Report: US Officials Believe Pakistan Poisoned Bin Laden Raid CIA Chief
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Some U.S. officials continue to believe Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency poisoned the top CIA operative who presided over the secret raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, revealed The Washington Post. Current and former U.S ...

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Керри призвал «попробовать на практике» заявление России и США по Сирии - РБК

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Керри призвал «попробовать на практике» заявление России и США по Сирии
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Госсекретарь США Джон Керри заявил, что новое совместное заявление России и США предполагает выполнение режима прекращения огня в Сирии, но будет ли он соблюдаться, будет видно на практике, передает Reuters. Он подчеркнул, что на Соединенных штатах лежит ... 
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Trump Leads Deeply Divided GOP

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Donald Trump has launched a high-octane general election campaign after capturing enough electoral votes to be the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Trump is in attack mode this week as he makes his rounds with the media and leverages social media platforms. Instead of attempting to heal a deeply divided Republican Party, Trump is unloading on his fellow Republican politicians, conservative activists and, not surprisingly, Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. “I will win the election against crooked Hillary despite the people in the Republican Party that are currently and selfishly opposed to me!,” Trump Tweeted Monday morning. With the general election six months away, the Republican Party remains divided among Trump supporters and GOP traditionalists. “It does seem like there is approximate equal division,” University of Maryland political analyst James Gimpel told VOA. Gimpel predicts “at least a third” of the Republican Party will remain opposed to Trump in the months ahead. He believes Trump opponents would either try to run their own candidate or simply not cast votes for a presidential candidate in the general election. A stumbling block to Republican Party unity is a decision by House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican officeholders not to support Trump. “That is emblematic of where a lot of party officeholders are. They don’t know exactly what Donald Trump stands for,” Gimpel said. And Trump’s tendency to flip-flop on issues such as taxes has not helped unify the party, either, said Gimpel. “It leaves a lot of officeholders in a quandary as to what a Trump administration might mean.” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is not the only candidate who must contend with Trump’s frontrunner status. A larger-than-usual number of other Republican officeholders, like Senator John McCain of Arizona, will have to mount vigorous campaigns to overcome Trump's controversial remarks about immigration and other issues. Gimpel said it is “very likely Republicans could be defending an usually large number of hotly-contested seats, and added it would be best for GOP candidates to prepare “for the worst.” A Trump presidential victory could reshape the GOP, with social conservatives likely losing much of their political clout, said Gimpel. “Any Trump-led party is certainly going to be more concerned about economic issues and less concerned about social issues,” he said. Despite Trump’s unconventional campaign methods and a lack of detailed policy proposals, the real estate mogul-turned politician continues to appeal to millions of Americans. “The Republican rank-and-file are clearly unhappy with their office holders in Washington,” said Gimpel. “They feel like the Washington elites have grown increasingly out of step with them.” The prevailing narrative that resonates as Gimpel speaks with voters and conducts research is that Trump is an "imperfect candidate, but he's better than all the others."

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AP Top Stories May 9 P 

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Here's the latest for Monday, May 9th: Feds, NC sue over transgender access law; Break in weather has Canadian officials optimistic about wildfire; store that sold winning Powerball ticket celebrates and Mercury makes rare move across the sun.
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"Бессмертный полк" прошел по улицам Москвы и Киева

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Более 700 тысяч человек приняли участие в акции "Бессмертный полк" в Москве. С портретами своих родственников - фронтовиков, партизан, подпольщиков, тружеников тыла - они прошли от Ленинградского проспекта по Тверской до Красной площади. В колонне - второй год подряд - был замечен президент России Владимир Путин с портретом своего отца, а также мэр Москвы Сергей Собянин с фотографиями четырех дядей по отцу.
В понедельник утром по брусчатке Красной площади прошли участники военного парада…
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Mercury passes between Earth and the sun 

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Stargazers across the world are watching as Mercury moves across the face of the sun - a rare event that happens just 13 or 14 times every 100 years. Report by Jennifer Cordingley.

Mercury Makes Rare Transit Across the Sun

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Mercury, the smallest planet in our solar system, passed in front of the sun on May 9, in a journey that took more than seven hours. Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Donald Trump-Paul Ryan drama deepening ahead of convention

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Fox News digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt provides analysis into the tension

John Kerry calls for 'nationwide cessation' of Syria hostilities

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US Secretary of State John Kerry called for a 'nationwide cessation of hostilities' on Monday, after a meeting with a number of Western and Arab states aimed at ending unrest in Syria.
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Muslim Leaders Wage Theological Battle, Stoking ISIS’ Anger

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Imam Suhaib Webb greeting attendees before the start of a seminar at the Islamic Research and Humanitarian Service Center of America in Capitol Heights, Md., in April.

Dying elderly forced into to hospital against their will, report into end of life care finds

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Fort McMurray Fire Begins to Ease as Weather Cools

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Firefighters prepared to contain the Alberta blaze as officials started planning for residents’ return, but disruptions continued for companies involved in oil sands operations.

Dangerous rocks in the South China Sea - Washington Post

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Dangerous rocks in the South China Sea
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HAVING MADE a “rebalancing” toward Asia a pillar of his foreign policy, President Obama may face a fateful test from China in his final months in office. President Xi Jinping already broke a promise he made to Mr. Obama not to militarize islets his ...

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Greece looks to UN for help reclaiming the Elgin Marbles

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Reporter’s Notebook: Munitions and Music: With the Russians in Syria 

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Along with Russia’s military intervention in the Syrian civil war came “soft power” tactics including diplomacy, messaging and a concert in which a violinist played Bach.
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Top U.S. official visits Vietnam to assess human rights progress

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HANOI (Reuters) - A top U.S. envoy began a two-day trip to Vietnam on Monday to gauge its progress in human rights, two weeks ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama in what will be the first by a U.S. leader in a decade.
  

Controversial concert spoils China's plans to bury Cultural Revolution anniversary 

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“People of the world unite to defeat American invaders and their running dogs.” Just one of the slogans on display at a concert in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.





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On Victory Day, Putin calls for non-bloc security

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking at the annual elaborate Victory Day military parade in Red Square, says Russia wants to help build an international security system that transcends military blocs.





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Platini to resign after CAS imposes 4-year ban from soccer

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GENEVA (AP) -- Michel Platini will resign as UEFA president after failing to overturn his ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which cut his sanction from six to four years....

Rio's Favela Pacification Plan Stumbles Months From Olympics

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Public trust has eroded in the city’s signature public-safety initiative, with crime rising in disadvantaged neighborhoods despite Brazil’s security efforts for the 2016 Summer Games

Police: Man shoots, kills brother in beef over cheeseburger - Fox News

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Police: Man shoots, kills brother in beef over cheeseburger
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A Florida man was behind bars after police say he shot and killed his brother in a beef over a cheeseburger. Benjamin Angus Middendorf, 25, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of his older brother Thursday. Nicholas Middendorf, 28, was ...
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Gaddafi's ex-widow allowed to return to Libya after five years in exile 

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BBC correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, team expelled from North Korea - CNN

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Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) A BBC correspondent and his team have been expelled from North Korea after authorities detained him for filing what they called "disrespectful" reports from inside the country. BBC reporter Rupert Wingfield-Hayes arrived ...

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Impeachment process for Brazil’s president on hold over voting questions 

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Another vote expected by lawmakers over allegations against embattled Dilma Rousseff.





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Wikileaks Founder Gets Pet Kitten

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The founder of WikiLeaks has a new, furry friend. Julian Assange, who has been living in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for the past four years, was given a kitten from his children. Assange has been at the embassy in an effort to avoid extradition to Sweden on a sexual assault charge. He denies the allegation Assange maintains that if he is sent to Sweden, he will eventually be sent to the United States where he could face charges. Assange published on WikiLeaks a number of...

Saudi forces intercept ballistic missile from Yemen: SPA

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi air defense forces on Monday intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen, but the Saudi-led coalition said it would maintain a ceasefire despite what it sees as a violation of it by the Houthi militia, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.
  

Why Trump must explain his flip-flops and fabrications

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Having long ago committed himself to the proposition that there is no such thing as too much press, Donald Trump may be the most photographed, filmed and quoted man of our time. Add his own words, offered in books, speeches, Facebook posts and Tweets, and you might conclude that there's little left for this man to share.

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Lawyer: Turkish president seeks to gag German media boss

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A lawyer for Turkey’s president says he is seeking a court injunction against the head of one of Germany’s biggest publishing houses.





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Venezuela first lady's nephews getting help to cover defense costs: U.S

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady facing U.S. charges that they conspired to import cocaine into the United States are getting their defense costs paid for by an unnamed third party, prosecutors said.
  

Lawmaker Says Up To Six Iranian Personnel Captured In Syria

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A senior Iranian lawmaker says around six Iranian military personnel have been taken captive in Syria following May 6 clashes with Islamist insurgents that left 13 "military advisers" dead and more than a dozen injured.

ACLU sues Mississippi over gay rights; seeks to halt law - NOLA.com

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ACLU sues Mississippi over gay rights; seeks to halt law
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Longtime Miss. state Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, calls House Bill 1523, the most hateful bill he has seen in his 33 years in the Legislature. The bill, which became law, allows business and government workers to deny services based on ...
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US announces $50 million aid program for the Gaza Strip.

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The United States has announced a $50 million aid program for the Gaza Strip.

Venice gondoliers block city canals to protest 'reckless' speed boats terrorising their passengers

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Paul Ryan will skip chairing convention if Donald Trump asks - CNN

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Paul Ryan will skip chairing convention if Donald Trump asks
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Washington (CNN) House Speaker Paul Ryan would back out of chairing the Republican National Convention in July, if Donald Trump asks him to, his office confirmed Monday. Ryan first made the comments to a home-town paper, telling the Milwaukee ...
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Syria military announces extension of cease-fire in northern province of Aleppo for 48 hours starting Tuesday

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Syria military announces extension of cease-fire in northern province of Aleppo for 48 hours starting Tuesday.

State Dept. says it has no emails from ex-Clinton staffer

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The State Department can find no emails to or from a former Hillary Clinton aide who worked for the agency and also managed Clinton's private computer server while she served as secretary of state, the government said in a new court filing on Monday.
     

Obama signs into law new restrictions on Syrian antiquities

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The United States is stepping up the fight to stop the Islamic State's trade in looted Syrian antiquities.
     

The xenophobic jokes Europeans say about each other

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'Laughing together means there is a friendship there'

Brazil Crisis Deepens as Rousseff Impeachment Vote Annulled

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Brazil's political crisis deepened Monday, with the speaker of the lower house of Congress invalidating a vote last month to launch the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. Interim Speaker Waldir Maranhao said a new vote should be taken on whether to impeach the 68-year-old Brazilian leader.  It is not clear why he annulled the earlier overwhelming vote against Rousseff. Maranhao's action came as the Brazilian Senate prepared to vote this week on whether to suspend Rousseff from office while an impeachment trial is held. Rousseff's critics have accused her of deceiving voters by manipulating state funds to hide the state of the country's finances during her successful 2014 re-election campaign.  She has accused her opponents of attempting to carry out a coup. The effect of Maranhao's order was uncertain. "I do not know the consequences.  Please be cautious," Rousseff said, urging her supporters to "defend democracy." The political turmoil is occurring less than three months before Brazil opens the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and at the same time the country is battling the effects of the Zika mosquito virus.

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White South African judge sparks outrage after claiming 'rape is black culture' in online rant

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Al-Qaida Affiliate Goes on Syrian Offensive

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Al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria has redoubled its efforts against Islamic State with its fighters pressing attacks on a militia in southern Syria that recently swore allegiance to its jihadist rival.   The clashes are being seen as part of a bid by al-Qaida’s Jabhat al-Nusra to revitalize its fortunes in Syria, a strategy that has seen it taking the lead in offensives elsewhere in the war-torn country against the forces of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Analysts say al-Nusra is attempting to demonstrate its military leverage over mainstream rebel militias, making it the indispensable force to align with against the Assad regime and IS.  And its increased military activity may foreshadow a formal declaration by al-Qaida affiliate of an emirate in Syria’s Idlib province, west of Aleppo. In an audio tape released Sunday, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri appeared to authorize the establishment of a Syrian emirate.  In the message - the first for several months - Zawahiri called on the jihad groups in Syria to unite.  “Syria today is the hope of the Islamic nation, for [its revolution] is the only Arab Spring revolution that is taking the correct path – the path of da'wa (preaching) and jihad for the sake of strengthening the sharia and enacting [its laws], and for the sake of striving to establish a righteous caliphate, not the caliphate of Ibrahim Al-Badri (i.e., Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, IS leader),” he said. “By re-escalating hostilities in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra is reacquiring the influence it lost during the dramatic reduction in fighting in February-March” when the cessation of hostilities mediated by the United States and Russia went into effect, according to Charles Lister, an analyst at the Middle East Institute. Al-Qaida could be preparing to declare its own sovereign state in Syria after quietly gathering strength in the shadow of the international campaign against IS, says Lister, author of the book "The Syrian Jihad." Hama offensive Last week, al-Qaida’s Syrian branch launched an offensive in Hama by attacking Assad forces headquarters in the southeastern suburbs of the city.  Al-Nusra claimed to have killed 25 government fighters, including the local commander of the Iranian-trained National Defense Forces.  The regime responded with airstrikes on the nearby jihadist-held towns of Aydoun, at-Tuloul al-Homer and ad-Dallak, according to Syrian government spokesmen. Al-Nusra has also been in the vanguard of a rebel offensive in the southern Aleppo countryside that saw the jihadists last week overrun the village of Maarta just days after capturing the town of Khan Touman from pro-regime Shi’ite militias.  Dramatic video footage was posted online by al-Nusra showing jihadist rockets striking government positions, sending out blast shock waves for several hundreds of meters. And in Syria’s southwest province of Dara’a, al-Nusra fighters have been pressing hard attacks on IS allies, according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, a British-based pro-opposition group monitoring the conflict.   In fighting rebel factions that oppose it, the jihadist group is seemingly vying with IS to strike fear in its opponents.  There was outrage among insurgent militias when al-Nusra fighters in a Damascus suburb last week killed a Sunni fighter from Jaysh al-Islam, a coalition of Islamist militias.  The jihadists shot him and cut out his stomach before ripping out his heart. The brutal execution of the fighter, Mohammad Amer Hawa, prompted a social media furor with even hardline Islamists accusing al-Nusra of being no different than IS. Arrival of 'powerful' al-Qaida leaders The increased tempo of al-Nusra operations follows the arrival of a “number of al-Qaida’s most powerful figures,” according to Lister, writing in Foreign Policy magazine.  He says it is "the covert revitalization of al-Qaida's central leadership on Europe’s doorstep.” Lister says there are differences of opinion within Jabhat al-Nusra about establishing an emirate, while influential Sunni clerics in Syria have flatly rejected the group's ambitions. Consequently, highly influential jihadists have been invited into Syria to mediate and facilitate more productive discussions surrounding al-Qaida’s future in Syria,” he said. This isn’t the first time there have been disputes within al-Nusra and among allied Sunni theologians about what path the group should pursue.  In November 2014 the Daily Beast news site reported there were tentative merger discussions between al-Nusra and IS leaders. At the same time there were reports from other rebel commanders the group’s leader, Abu Mohammad al-Golani, was considering alternatively announcing an al-Nusra emirate to rival the caliphate of the militants of IS.  That would have reversed a policy of avoiding imposing sharia law on territory controlled in ad hoc alliances with other insurgent groups in order not to antagonize rebel allies or alienate local populations. Internal debate In April and May 2015, Qatari officials urged al-Nusra, behind-the-scenes, to break with al-Qaida, prompting debate within the group that spilled out on social media sites. Muhamed Nabih Osman, who runs a charitable organization for former Assad prisoners, told VOA, "I think the split will happen soon.  You have to understand that al-Nusra consists of two very different parts and that one part, mostly local fighters, [is] not interested in global jihad.” Worried by the tendency of al-Nusra to get ensnared in internal debates, al-Qaida chiefs appear to have intervened, dispatching leading jihadists to drive the creation of an emirate and quash internal opposition, according to Lister. “With the cessation of hostilities effectively over and the political process in Geneva falling apart, Jabhat al-Nusra’s leverage on the ground is increasing once again,” Lister warns. He argued in an email to VOA, “The only way to effectively and durably counter Jabhat al-Nusra’s emirate ambitions, therefore, lies in efforts to significantly embolden and re-empower Syria’s moderate civil, political, judicial and military opposition.” “Rather than support such bodies independently of each other, policymakers must... urgently empower the totality of Syria’s moderate opposition... aimed at establishing steadily expanding zones of representative Syrian moderate control that are confident and powerful enough to repel al-Qaida’s attempts to formalize influence,” he said.

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Pro-Putin Biker Gang Revs Up Russia - Wall Street Journal

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Pro-Putin Biker Gang Revs Up Russia
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MOSCOW—When a Russian biker gang known as the Night Wolves wanted to settle a score, they didn't reach for knives and knuckle-dusters. Instead, they took on their rivals in the traditional Russian fashion and denounced them as foreign agents.

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Russia's military in Syria: Bigger than you think and not going anywhere - CNN

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Russia's military in Syria: Bigger than you think and not going anywhere
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(CNN) Last week the Russian military brought more than a hundred international journalists, including our CNN crew, to Palmyra. The trip was orchestrated to showcase Moscow's role in liberating the ancient heritage site but it also said a lot about the ...
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Two Cuomo Allies Probed by FBI 

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The FBI stormed the residences of two allies linked to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the latest leg of the government’s probe into corruption charges entangling top Democrats in the state.
The New York Post reported Monday:
Agents carted off evidence from the Westchester home of former top Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco and the Washington, D.C.-area home of lobbyist Todd Howe, who was fired last week after Cuomo’s office barred state officials from any contact with him, sources said. A Manhattan federal judge approved search warrants for at least three locations, and the raids were carried out two weeks ago, a law enforcement source said.
Cuomo’s office has said that the investigation surrounds “questions of improper lobbying and undisclosed conflicts of interest by some individuals which may have deceived state employees involved in the respective programs and may have defrauded the state,” according to the New York Post. 
Howe and Percoco are longtime aides to Cuomo and both served for his late father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo.
The federal government is investigating Percoco to determine whether the former senior aide failed to disclose thousands of dollars in outside income he received from companies connected to Cuomo’s signature economic development program called Buffalo Billion.
Percoco allegedly became connected to the companies through Howe, who was formally the president of D.C.-based lobbying firm WOH Government Solutions before he was fired.
Howe’s lawyer denied wrongdoing to the New York Post, arguing that he “received expert advice to ensure that the activities…were appropriate.”
Both men have reportedly struggled financially.
The New York Post reported last week that Percoco secured an $800,000 mortgage for an $815,000 house in Westchester “through a shady lender with close ties to the state capitol.”
Howe meanwhile has a history of negligent financial dealings, filing for bankruptcy in 2003 and amassing $400,000 in tax liens, according to the New York Times.
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Report: Centcom Employee Removed After Speaking Up About Misleading ISIS Intel 

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An employee at U.S. Central Command was removed from her post for cursing after she allegedly spoke up about the distortion of intelligence reports on ISIS.
The Daily Beastciting allegations made during a public hearing last week, reported that Carolyn Stewart, an Army veteran, was removed from her position at Centcom’s targeting office for allegedly cursing twice on the job. Stewart, who helped identify ISIS targets, is appealing her removal to the U.S. Merit System Protection Board.
Stewart is a subordinate of the highest-ranking civilian at Centcom’s Joint Intelligence office, Gregory Ryckman, one of the senior intelligence officials who have been accused of covering up an effort to doctor ISIS intelligence reports to offer a more favorable outlook of the campaign against the terror group.
The Daily Beast reported:
Stewart’s alleged cursing came at a turning point in the war in Syria and against ISIS. In August 2013, the Obama administration was considering launching strikes in Syria for crossing the self-proclaimed “red line” and deploying chemical weapons. That same month, Stewart supposedly used foul language when a subordinate wrote an incomplete report.
A year later, just after [ISIS] took control of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, Centcom alleged that Stewart cursed at a subordinate for filing an overtime form incorrectly. Ryckman forwarded the complaint to the Defense Intelligence Agency two months after Stewart had filed a complaint against Ryckman. In between, Ryckman ordered an Army investigation known as a 15-6 into workplace behavior in the targeting office. Stewart’s lawyer alleged that Ryckman altered the 15-6 to take out comments from some of the 100-plus employees who are part of targeting that were complimentary of Stewart.
The DIA chief of staff first suspended Stewart for exhibiting “unbecoming” behavior and then reassigned her to a DIA office focusing on cyber warfare after concluding that she had lost confidence in her superiors.
Stewart’s case is separate from the allegations made by dozens of intelligence analysts about senior intelligence officials manipulating reports on ISIS, a matter that is currently under investigation by the Pentagon’s inspector general.
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White House says Hillary Clinton not part of foreign-policy 'Blob' 

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Talk about your back-handed compliment.
The White House said Monday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is not part of the foreign-policy "blob" in Washington that was disparaged by a key aide to President Obama in a magazine interview.
But Mrs. Clinton, who clashed with Mr. Obama over the ...

State Department Says it Has No Emails From Clinton Aide

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The State Department said on Monday that it has no emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal tech aide Bryan Pagliano, a department staffer who also maintained Clinton’s private email server.
Pagliano—who was paid by both Clinton and the State Department—was granted immunity by the FBI as part of its investigation into Clinton’s email server and has been cooperating with the agency.
Republicans have criticized the unusual hiring arrangement, and the Republican National Committee sued the State Department to disclose Pagliano’s emails. Although the IT aide was on the State Department payroll, officials said in a Monday court filing that they could not find any emails from him.
The Associated Press reported:
The State Department says in a new court filing that it can find no emails to or from a former Hillary Clinton aide who worked for the agency and also managed Clinton’s private computer server during her stint as secretary of state.
The revelation was in a filing Monday by government lawyers for the department in a response to a lawsuit by the Republican National Committee. The GOP group had sued over its public records request for all work-related emails sent to or received by Clinton’s former aide, Bryan Pagliano, between 2009 and 2013, covering most of Clinton’s tenure.
Several of Clinton’s closest aides used email addresses on her private server, but they also maintained their own official State Department email accounts. Clinton is the only person tied to the controversy so far who was confirmed to have exclusively used an unofficial email account.

Russian Company Reveals ‘Little Obama’ Ice Cream Flavor

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A Russian company released its newest ice cream flavor called “Little Obama” as relations between D.C. and the Kremlin continue to chill.
The chocolate-covered ice cream bar is packaged in a blue wrapper illustrated with a cartoon picture of a smiling young black boy who dons a gold hoop earring. “Obamka,” the bar’s Russian name, is written in bold across the wrapper.